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Deer here: Signs to steer hunters to prime spots

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2015 3:47 AM
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A pair of bear hunters walk up the road towards the sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania state game lands 74 in Fisher, Pa. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes the more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they're likely to see more deer when rifle season opens Monday (Nov. 29). Meanwhile, game commission foresters are hoping hunters will kill enough deer to safeguard the rebounding forest vegetation meant to attract deer to the focus areas in the first place. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Fisher) -- Deer hunters are getting an assist from the state when rifle season opens Monday. 

The state Game Commission is using bright yellow-and-green signs to steer them to sections of state game lands where it is working to restore the forest vegetation and habitat that attract deer. 

It's a reversal of past practice, when the state erected fences to keep deer out of such areas while they are being actively managed. 

By pointing hunters to the 35 newly created "Deer Hunter Focus Areas'' spread across 30 counties, the Game Commission hopes enough deer will be killed to safeguard the rebounding vegetation meant to draw them in the first place. 

The Game Commission and sportsmen also see helping Pennsylvanians have a successful hunt as important to the future of the sport as the number of hunters has declined\

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